Tuesday, December 10, 2013
We had these last night and I've got to be honest they are probably some of the best tacos I've ever had. We made our own tortillas (once you make them you'll never use the ones you buy again) and had them with a black bean mix, guac, potato and corn mix and just a greens/tomato salad that we had leftover from the night before.
Here's the recipes that Hamish made up. The corriander mix freezes REALLY well pop it into an ice cube tray so you've always got it on hand. We whizz up the whole corriander bunch stems and all to make it.
Black Bean Mix
Monday, December 9, 2013
A few people have asked recently about how we meal plan. I had to admit I'd fallen off the bandwagon a bit but tonight I drew up the weeks meals. I've been thinking about the amount of meat we consume lately and would like to reduce it by having 2 - 3 vegetarian meals/days a week... We may even end up having more. I'm really keen to do it not just for our health but for our pockets.
So here's what I do/look for when planning:
1. I look at the weather hahahahaa crazy right?! But if it's going to be hot then I plan for BBQs and hot weather food, cold days are all about curries or roasts etc.
2. I pour over cookbooks and get inspiration... this is usually on the way to the market (last minute hahaahaha).
Roast pork belly with pork broth, lightly steamed zucchini, cabbage/fennel/mint salad.
3. We go through what we have in our storage freezer/fridge and base meals on what needs to be used - less waste!
4. We always plan for a fish and chips night because frankly it's just the done thing.
So I'd love to know if you meal plan? Also, what are your favourite vegetarian meals and cookbooks?
BBQ Dukkha chicken, greens/mango/avo salad sprinkled with black/white sesame seeds/dry chilli and hummus w/ paprika.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Fitness First has sponsored this fitness post which has got me thinking about the end of the year and my fitness goals for 2014. Do I keep walking or hit the gym?! There is a Fitness First near to me that my main homie goes to and I could tag along with him read: annoy him.... massive, huge, epic emphasis on annoy. Ha! Basically I want to be in good stead for trying to get pregnant again and have a happy, healthy pregnancy like I did last time. It would be nice to take some time out for myself away from home a few times a week too!! I've been doing my walking at the beach but perhaps it's time to amp it up?
How long did it take for you to hit the gym post pregnancy?
Did you find it hard?
My daily routine so far (it can change at anytime!!!) usually means that I'm up in the AM, feed Orlando and myself breakfast then we're off to the beach straight away for a walk. If I was going to the gym I'd go at this same time. It works with Orlando's nap/food times perfectly, I'm blessed to have a toddler who's very good with routine so I can really work out prime times for exercise. I've got to say, getting out and moving with Orlando sets SUCH a good example for him and I swear he's happier/sleeps better when we do some sort of physical activity. I'd love to try a mummy and me gym class with him - I think he'd LOVE it! Especially now that he's more aware and responsive of the world around him.
I guess the good thing to remember is no matter what your health and fitness goals are, Fitness First will help you reach your potential! With personal trainers, a diverse range of equipment, and awesome group classes, you'll find everything you need at Fitness First. Clicky, click here for the Fitness First page. A little birdy just told me that if you have a Platinum Membership you can go to ANY FF!! That's great!!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Christmas is of course coming up, which means New Years Eve will be around the corner. Some people mark their year as beginning or ending around these traditional times. Others review their past 365 days on their birthday. For me, my year started and ended with the birth and 1st birthday of Little Orlando. So I'm doing the whole reflection thing. It's been a full on year. Orlando was born and it was all a little bit hazy - until he woke Hamish and I up on his first night out of the womb with a cry for food. I've never seen Hamish jump out of bed so quickly, he was like Flash Gordon and had scooped up Orlando before I'd even managed to painfully roll myself to the edge of the bed. Haahahahaaa oh those first days postpartum.... wow. We dealt with jaundice during our stay and had to gaze at our bundle of love in his Miami Blue Lights crib. It killed me. When we came home we tried to get out every single day. I'm still not 100% sure how we did it. We went to Carols in the Park where we pushed the pram around in a daze, realised it wasn't for us and zombie walked our way home. My dad's birthday was a week after Orlando was born - we hosted his birthday party, cooked and hosted. On Christmas day when he was 4 weeks old we bundled him into the car and drove over the bridge to the other side of Melbourne only to get back into the car as soon as we got there because someone had a bad cold. Orlando's immune system, like all newborns was pretty much nil so we just decided to avoid the situation all together. New Years Eve: once again I somehow zombie, dazed us to Cottonsock's NYE party. I've got NO idea how we did it, Orlando just slept but for me it was like I was on autopilot - desperate to regain some sort of normal social life. I was dog tired on top of my already dog tiredness for days afterwards. The weeks old baby turned into a months old baby and Mother's Day rolled around where I was presented with a pen. I even got to treat myself to making my own breakfast: muesli, with UHT milk. Then my birthday hit and I was gifted a beautiful orange and gold Hermes click clack, no pen. One night in July I was at work and Hamish called me at around 3am saying he couldn't get out of bed or lift his head without getting an intense migraine and nausea. I knew something was dreadfully wrong. I raced home. So worried. My brain kept saying - it's neurological, it's neurological. But when I get home he was laying down and thought he felt better. A week or so later the same thing happened and that was the night of the first ambulance visit, then the visit to the GP, then a visit to emergency. Three visits to emergency later and countless tears, heartbreaking, worrying, scared shitless tears later they finally did a lumbar puncture and my thought that it was neurological was proven. Hamish spent two weeks in hospital, through Father's Day and his birthday. He missed Orlando saying "dad" for the first time (on Father's Day), he missed a beautiful Father's Day picnic with my family. That two weeks was one of the hardest times of my life. I was solo parenting, driving in to hospital two times a day, keeping up Hamish's spirits - trying in earnest to keep up mine. The first night he was in hospital he was so, so critical - he couldn't form a sentence properly, had massive word finding difficulties. I was dreading the worst, I knew what the worst could be. I called the ward (my own workplace, thank God!) in tears to see if he was ok, the nurse told me to go back to sleep and try to rest, try not to worry. I called my girlfriend and cried on the phone to her - I thought he would never recover, I thought he would die. He had a million scans of every single region of the body. He had special blood tests and multiple lumbar punctures. Then he started getting better, gradually, slowly. I had the love of my life back. Meanwhile, through all the hospital drama we were trying to pull off Orlando's Christening and our secret wedding. Hamish got out of hospital a week before the wedding, we battled with trying to decide if we should hold it or not but we'd waited for so long. It went ahead. The day was very simple, on reflection, if I'm being completely honest: I do feel like we missed out on so much. Hamish couldn't even really drink a glass of Champagne. Yet, all that aside - I was finally married to the love of my life (and Orlando was in with God). Things then bumbled along pretty normally (touch wood!!!!). Orlando took his first steps a few days shy of his ten month mark, I said to Hamish the other night I can't remember the last time he crawled. That makes me sad, we remember celebrating when crawling starts but when they stop crawling - that amazing baby milestone, it's not remembered. I look at Orlando now and can't believe how far he's come in a year. He has a wicked sense of humour, a beautiful, bubbly laugh. He's got a fierce, strong independence already - if we try and intervene sometimes there are tears. He has fallen into a perfect little routine quite naturally and goes to sleep and wakes up like clockwork. Today he figured out how to slide off the bed safely - either landing on his feet or with a soft thud onto his bottom. He makes me laugh, smile and sometimes cry. Sometimes he frustrates me, but I frustrate him too. Sometimes he's cranky and won't eat, but tomorrow is another day. He has started to actually sit still in my lap for stories or a cuddle and kisses, always kisses. I can't even imagine what the next year will bring it makes my heart swell with happiness just thinking about it.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
With Orlando's first birthday looming we thought it was time to finally finish his nursery. Meaning we ripped up the carpet and set up his big boy bed - f i n a l l y. So people have asked where things are from, here's the list, click on the place for a direct link:
Cot - Boori
Bed- Incy Interiors
Bed Linen - Country Road
Pillows - Etsy
Art Work - 99 Problems
Rug - Ikea
For his birthday I made him this salted caramel cake recipe (doubled the recipe for a higher cake). I just didn't have the time to make caramel so used Bon Maman Salted Caramel sauce for the filling - SUCH a good idea!!! Yum!! I then made a normal butter cream frosting and added the same salted caramel to it. Yayyaayayayayaa!!!!
It's almost his happy birthday so it's high time he found out where he came from.... ta da!
I wonder if any other parents have taken a year to get their child's room together :/ Poor little Orlando. How long did it take for you to finish your child's room? A YEAR?! hahaahahahaa